To me, the worst part about having pneumonia was the coughing. It took 3 lots of cough mixtures before I found one that worked. Funnily enough, it was one I could buy off the shelf, without having to go to the pharmacist. This was recommended by my Doctor and allowed me some relief. The main benefit was that it stopped the dry cough, and the side effect was some solid sleep. But, that sleep only lasted for 5 hours. Not wanting to take more cough mixture on work nights, I ended up lying in bed for 2 hours, dozing but not sleeping. I cannot tell you just how tired this made me feel. Then I had a bad coughing spell which pulled the intercostal muscles on my left hand side. I don’t know why this is the side I always injure? I was in absolute agony and found the pain unbearable.
Being tired and sore is no fun at all! And then coughing and sneezing on top of that. No ways, not on. Like with all rib injuries I just had to grin and bear it. You cannot do anything other than take anti-inflammatories, and use a topical gel. Any movement was painful and even talking was uncomfortable. I could not pick up anything heavy or walk around with the freedom I take for granted. It put a huge damper on getting back into my exercise routine. And I also felt less inclined to stand in the kitchen and create dishes. But needs must as the saying goes and at least after making this chocolate chestnut mousse I got to treat myself!
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Chocolate Chestnut Mousse
- 70 g dark chocolate, broken up
- 50 mls whipping cream
- 50 mls milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 100 g chestnut spread
- 10 mls Brandy
- Place the chocolate into a blender and blitz until fine
- Pour the cream and milk into a saucepan and bring to just boiling over a medium temperature
- Add the cream to the chocolate and leave to stand for 30 seconds
- Blend for 30 seconds and then add the egg yolk
- Process for a further 45 seconds then add the chestnut spread and Brandy
- Blend for another 45 seconds to combine completely
- Place the mousse into small ramekins or cups and refrigerate for 4 hours to set